Two-year-old Vienna Voth – poster child for the $5.3-million Oh Baby campaign – attends the grand opening of Peace Arch Hospital’s new maternity ward on Feb. 3.

Two-year-old Vienna Voth – poster child for the $5.3-million Oh Baby campaign – attends the grand opening of Peace Arch Hospital’s new maternity ward on Feb. 3.

Ribbon cut on PAH’s new maternity ward

The delivery of a new maternity ward at Peace Arch Hospital was celebrated by donors, dignitaries and special guests last week during an official opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Feb. 3 event was also attended by Oh Baby campaign poster child Vienna Voth, now 2, and Semiahmoo First Nation councillor Joanne Charles, who blessed the new ward.

Guests were given a tour of the renovated unit – which has 50 per cent more space and almost three times the birthing capacity of the old one – before being invited to a program and cake-cutting in the hospital’s cafeteria.

Operation of the ward marks the completion of three of five projects in the $32-million Partners in Caring campaign.

A new acute-care space and MRI have also been introduced, with the final two initiatives being the Integrated Centre for Health Improvement and a new emergency department.